New College, University of Edinburgh

Translating Gods in the Roman World

(Larry Hurtado):  It’s well enough known that in the Graeco-Roman period there was a readiness by many to link or cross-identify deities.  So, e.g., Zeus and Jupiter were linked in this way, seen as the same deity with Greek and Roman names.  The Egyptologist, Jan Assmann referred to this cross-cultural recognition of deities as “translating” […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 24th August 2010

Technical terms in early Christian texts 1: episcopos

Helen’s comments on the reality behind the term ‘sanhedrin’ can be extended to a lot of early Christian terms as well. Early Christian historiography is dogged by the tendency of later historians, both ancient and modern, to read later well-established technical meanings of words into the use of those words in early Christian texts which were written long […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 18th August 2010

The endurance of the Sanhedrin . . .

(by Helen Bond). Reading through a few student essays recently (not from Edinburgh, I’d like to point out!), I was surprised by how many simply assume the presence of a formal, fixed council known as the Sanhedrin in first century Judaea. But perhaps students can’t be blamed too much; gospel commentators also show a remarkable […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 16th August 2010

Books and Readers in Early Christianity

(Larry Hurtado):  In the unceasing flow of publications on early Christianity, important works often get overlooked or too quickly slip from sight.  So, here’s a reminder/pointer to a book that I regard as a “must” for anyone seriously interested in early Christianity, indeed, required reading for anyone doing a PhD in the area:   Harry Y. […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 5th August 2010

SNTS in Berlin

(Helen Bond) I’m busily getting all my papers in order today for the meeting of the SNTS in Berlin next week. (Technically it stands for Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, but Society for NT Studies would also work). This is the most prestigious gathering of NT scholars; only people with two books or equivalent are allowed […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 22nd July 2010

Patristics and Christian Origins

[Sara Parvis writes]  A few thoughts on the interface between New Testament studies and Patristics.  All of us in CSCO are (perhaps more by accident than by design, perhaps not) historians. We love poking around in the details of early Christianity. Where, when and by whom (and on what) were texts written and read, copied […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 20th July 2010

Josephus on Herod the Great

(Helen Bond) Larry’s post showed that one of the things we are interested in at the Centre for Christian Origins (CSCO) is what’s often called the ‘world of the NT’ – the general context in which the Jesus movement emerged. Almost everything we know about this context, though, at least in Palestine, comes from the […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 19th July 2010

What is “Christian Origins”?

(Larry Hurtado):  As the founding director of CSCO I’ll offer my take on what “Christian Origins” means (at least here), for those who may be wondering what the expression signifies, and how it relates to the more traditional “New Testament Studies” label. First, “Christian Origins” signifies a strong historical orientation.  We’re trying to pursue historical […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 18th July 2010

Pilate and biblical baddies

(Helen Bond) Welcome to our new CSCO website! As the previous posting notes, we’re all going to take it in turns to introduce ourselves and our research over the next few weeks and the honour of going first seems to have fallen to me. I got into biblical studies in the first place not primarily […]

  • CSCO Team,
  • 16th July 2010